Archive for 24 September 2008

O’Keeffe to discuss student loan plan with universities

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 September 2008 by Steve

“Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe has reacted positively to the proposed introduction of a student loan system. But he wants university presidents to “flesh out” their proposals at a key meeting between both sides today. A ministerial spokesman said the plan for an Australian style loan system was a “constructive contribution” to the debate on tuition charges …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 24 September]

Students protest restoration of fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 24 September 2008 by Steve

“More than 1,000 students from four third-level institutions took to the streets yesterday to protest over the proposed reintroduction of college fees. Students from the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, Mary Immaculate College of Education and Limerick School of Art and Design marched through the city centre. Press Officer for Limerick Association of Students’ Unions, Aoife Breen, said the reintroduction of college fees would deny some people the opportunity of going to college. “It’s blocking people before they even get a chance to enter third level and is commandeering education,” she said …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 24 September]

Department reviews fresh fees estimate

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 September 2008 by Steve

“Revised estimates on what a return to third level tuition fees will produce are being considered by the Department of Education and Science. The figures were compiled by the Higher Education Authority at the request of Minister Batt O’Keeffe. The authority looked at the likely income generated by fees from students from households of different means …” (more)

[John Walshe and Barry Duggan, Independent, 24 September]

Loans & top-up fees on the agenda

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 September 2008 by Steve

“A still unresolved issue, however, is whether government will accept the ‘top-up’ aspect as opposed to using the fees to substitute for their core funding provision – in other words simply shifting the financial burden to (future) tax payers but not increasing the overall income to the universities themselves. Who knows? But the presidents of the universities meet the Minister for Education tomorrow …” (more)

[Iain Mac Labhrainn, Summa cum Laude, 23 September]

Footnote on Fees and Funding

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 24 September 2008 by Steve

“As the debate about the reintroduction of some form of third level fees rumbles on (and on, and on), the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) – a UK think tank established in 2002 with the laudable aim of ensuring that higher education policy development in the UK is informed by research and by knowledge of the experience of others – has just published a report by Juliet Chester and Bahram Bekhradnia on Financial support in English universities: the case for a national bursary scheme …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 23 September]

Unconventional wisdom

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 24 September 2008 by Steve

“Ferdinand Von Prondzynski, DCU president: As well-known for his Facebook and Bebo profiles as for his renegade attitude towards the education hierarchy and his committed assaults on many of Ireland’s sacred cows, DCU president Ferdinand Von Prondzynski is about as untypical a university head as it is possible to be. When Ferdinand Von Prondzynski was appointed director of DCU in 2000, a fellow university head is said to have quipped that the “Red Baron has gone to Ballymun”. Prondzynski gained a profile as a socialist while lecturing and researching labour law. But the man is, as you might expect, more complex than the moniker …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 23 September]